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Pastor Christian grew up in Owatonna MN and graduated from Owatonna Senior High School in 1995. Later he attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion. At Gustavus Christian sang with the Chapel Choir, St. Ansgar’s Chorus, The Gustavus Choir, as well as other student directed groups. Following college in 1999 Christian joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and served as a volunteer for Alliance of the Streets–a membership organization for homeless people in South Minneapolis.
Pastor Troy began life in a small town on the plains of north central Iowa. When fourteen he moved with his family to the big city and mountains of Colorado Springs, Colorado. During these years he returned each summer to Iowa to work at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, near Story City, Iowa. Yes, he left Colorado in the summer to return to Iowa . . . It worked out well though, because at Riverside he met his wife Carolyn, and he first heard the call to ministry. He successfully ignored the call for several years and began his collegiate work in the engineering school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. God eventually won out and he graduated with degrees in psychology and recreation. Pastor Troy and Carolyn were married in 1987 and then moved to the lakes and woods of northern Minnesota where Pastor Troy served as a youth director and camp program. Then it was off to the mighty Mississippi and Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. That was not enough study so more graduate work on the shores of Lake Michigan at Marquette University. Pastor Troy eventually received his Ph. D. in historical theology in 2006. During this time Elizabeth and John were born and Pastor Troy and Carolyn together served three parishes in Iowa. Pastor Troy is excited to be back among the lakes and trees of Minnesota and thankful for the partnership in ministry with the folks of Zion!
Interim Faith Formation Facilitator
Harriette joined Zion’s staff in August of 2019. She brings a wealth of life experience and passion for Faith Formation!
Nancy has worked in administrative offices at Mayo Clinic, Johnson Bros. in Litchfield, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater, and has enjoyed serving as Zion’s office administrator since 2000. Nancy married Les in 1974 and they moved to Litchfield and joined Zion in 1980. They have two sons, Matt (and Megan) and Jordan (and Aubrey) and six grandchildren.
We are happy that Phil joined Zion’s staff in May of 2020.